A multimedia programmer gives a multimedia product its functionality by writing computer programs or creating websites that draw together multimedia features such as text, sound, graphics, digital photography, 2D/3D modelling, animation and video, according to a designer's specification.
Multimedia products work on particular 'platforms', predominantly the internet, as well as interactive television, information kiosks, DVDs, CD-ROMs, computer games consoles and mobile phones.
Programmers may come from a design or computing background, but the role demands a combination of both creative and technical skills.
The term multimedia is used interchangeably with other terms such as new media, interactive media, digital media and online/internet services. Similarly, as IT job titles and descriptions aren’t standardised, the work of a multimedia programmer may overlap with the role of a web developer or games developer, systems developer or software engineer.
Programmers are involved at various stages of the system life cycle - initial analysis, implementation, integration, testing, debugging and support.
A programmer's role includes the following:
The programmer works in a team with the designer and other specialists, such as animators, video producers and 3D modellers, who create the multimedia features. Because of the size and complexity of some applications, there may be several programmers working on one or more aspects of the application. In smaller projects, programmers may take on other roles, such as design and animation, depending on their expertise.
Programmers may become specialised in particular output formats, such as web applications, mobile technologies or interactive television, depending on their range of skills.
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